Electron Microscopy (Senior) Development Scientist/ Structural Biologist

The Role
Within the Correlated Imaging theme, a key aim is to increase the temporal and spatial resolution for imaging biological materials. In this role you will develop new methods to advance the capabilities of current biological imaging and work together with a team developing new high-resolution time-resolved transmission electron microscopes being installed at the Franklin Hub.

These instruments will have novel optical configurations including the UK’s first chromatically corrected instrument due for delivery in 2023. These will enable new imaging modes and will also require new acquisition and computational processing techniques. By expanding the realm of time and space available for observation, you will explore the dynamics of biological systems.Science-driven research will be the focus of this role. In line with the core theme aspirations, we are bringing physicists and biologists together to support high adventure, blue skies cross-disciplinary research. The work will therefore be of varied nature requiring a willingness to explore subjects outside your established knowledge base.

We are looking to appoint an Electron Microscopist/Structural Biologist (at Senior level for candidates with appropriate experience). This is a full-time permanent staff post and it will be based at the Franklin building on the Harwell Campus. The post holder will report to Prof Angus Kirkland, Science Director and to Dr Judy Kim, Deputy Science Director.

About you
Candidates should hold a PhD in Structural Biology, Physics, chemistry or other cognate subjects with clear experience in advanced Aberration Corrected Electron Microscopy together with relevant, specialist postdoctoral experience. We are looking for candidates with a demonstrated ability to identify critical research questions, and to develop experimental and computational / theoretical strategies to address these, as well as the ability to discuss, coordinate, and lead complex experiments with colleagues from a variety of different disciplines. Extensive practical, computational and theoretical expertise in aberration corrected transmission electron microscope operation and in technique development / application is essential for this role.

This position also requires a demonstrated research track record in one or more of the following areas:
- Electron optics applied to aberration corrected TEM
- Phasing methods for structure determination
- Cryo-EM for tomographic or single particle reconstruction

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About us
The Rosalind Franklin Institute is a new national Research Centre, funded by the UK government through UK Research and Innovation, dedicated to bringing about transformative changes in life science through interdisciplinary research and technology.

Location: The Franklin is based in Harwell Campus, UK’s innovation hub and well-established as one of the leading science and innovation campuses in Europe.  

At the Rosalind Franklin Institute we welcome applications from all around the world!

Closing date: Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis until the position is filled. 

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Type of Post
Full Time
Period of appointment
42,500 - 50,500 per annum depending on experience
Closing Date
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